I write this letter with a heavy heart. Last night, Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States. You, of course, slept peacefully as the results came in across the country, incapable of understanding what was taking place.
This morning, you woke up smiling as I pulled you from your crib. Blissfully ignorant to the divide in our country. I have never been so jealous.
Despite telling myself that I need to stay off of social media, I could not help myself. Reactions of people all over the world range from shock and fear to elation and pride.
I started on the shock and fear side.
See, for me, this election was about so much more than Republican versus Democrat. Conservative versus Liberal. Right versus Left.
With you in my life, this is the first election where I felt the pressure of your generation weighing down on me. I had an honest concern for the world that you will grow up in. It is not because of conservative policy or what is best for our country’s economy. It is not about trade agreements and foreign policy.
It is something far more simple and basic.
I don’t want you to grow up thinking that there are human beings that are worth less than others. I don’t want you to think Muslim = Terrorist. Black = Criminal. Woman = Object. Gay = Wrong.
What happened here is that people got sick of “the establishment” and the status quo. They wanted an outsider that wasn’t a politician (although, I would argue that when one runs for political office they then inherently become a politician). These people put their blinders on to the xenophobic, racist, bigoted, and misogynistic ideals that Mr. Trump stands for.
Let me be clear, a vote for Donald Trump does not mean that those people share the same views of other human beings (some of them do). But, they did choose to ignore those views.
Only time will tell if that ends up being worse than sharing those views.
I woke up with fear but that subsided quickly. For one simple reason.
No matter how bad things may seem, there is always love. When people attempt to spew hate, spread more love. Love will always win.
So, I promise you this today.
I will not allow the hate that exists today in.
Together, we will move forward.
I will teach you to love and respect all people regardless of their religion.
I will teach you that love is love, whether it is straight, gay or lesbian.
I will teach you that you respect the women in your life. No exceptions.
I will teach you that what a woman does with her body is her business. No exceptions.
I will teach you that even though people have different ideas on how our country will be run best (even if those ideas cause them to vote for a person such as Mr. Trump) that you respect and love them.
We will move forward. We will fight to ensure our country is not set back. We will create a bright future for you. And, I will rest easy knowing that you understand that hate and fear mongering are no way to get ahead.
I only hope that when you are old enough to read this that irreparable damage has not been done. Because even if Mr. Trump’s policies mean good things for the economy, it will be worthless if there are people who are marginalized, oppressed, or discriminated against.
We will continue to fight to make sure that doesn’t happen.